Cherry Blossoms

Day 4 Of NaPoWriMo 2018. 

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The pink clouds of sakura shroud the walkway, down by the river
Many partake in hanami lazing away the day, down by the river.

The light rail tracks over the pink canopy, as the zephyr shakes
and sways in unison hundred trees in an array, down by the river.

A young couple hogs the prime spot, taking endless number of selfies
to capture the fleeting, and cajole time to stay, down by the river.

Women with radiant faces covered in head scarfs, admire the memory
of interns of wrong ancestry, who were whisked away down by the river.

The wispy petals, flutter, almost ready to scatter in a shower of pink, as
dewdrops must have clinged on leaves, early in the day, down by the river.

Entranced in those shapely eyes, enticed by those smooth cheeks,
Awash in fading rays, the blooms are ready to slay, down by the river.

If by chance or by fate, someone could be made for someone, then
witness the blossoms perform this forever ballet, down by the river.

The regularity of the rising and the setting sun contributes to the ‘Mirage’
The blooms as now, will always in the wind sway, down by the river.

In Japanese,
Sakura – cherry blossoms
Hanami – literally flower viewing, picknicking under the cherry trees, Japanese tradition of welcoming the spring

Today’s prompt was writing about the abstract but with use of concrete nouns and adjectives:

Our craft resource today focuses on the use of concrete nouns and specific details, using the idea of “putting a dog in it.” Today, we challenge you to write a poem that is about something abstract – perhaps an ideal like “beauty” or “justice,” but which discusses or describes that abstraction in the form of relentlessly concrete nouns. Adjectives are fine too! For example, you could have a poem about sadness that describes that emotion as “a rowboat tethered with fishing line to a willow that leans over a pond. Rainwater collects in the bottom, and mosquito eggs.” Concrete details like those can draw the reader in and let them imagine the real world where your abstract ideal or feeling happens.

This is another ghazal – so four for fourm now. Maybe, I will continue with the form for the rest of the month? Also, this is my third or fourth poem, inspired by the 100 cherry trees lined up on the north side of Portland’s waterfront. How can you not be inspired? Hopefully, the prompt, if not literally, still comes through in these couplets and the subject of the ghazal.

From the Start

Day 3 Of NaPoWriMo 2018. 

A special kind of knave seeks to incite from the start
A peep show, a dumpster fire that ignites from the start.

The grieving, meddling kids with sassy mouths, don’t know
any better than to demand the spotlight from the start.

The dance of the palms, the kneading of the flesh, the squeeze of
the fingers, relieve knots that were real tight from the start.

They speak of draining the swamp, while filling it
with more denizens and acolytes from the start.

The song lyrics promise to take me to the stars, where
the spring zephry will no doubt delight from the start.

The metalheads: the Ragged Rafi and The Ruffians scream
yahoo and junglee, rocking in the limelight from the start.

The band ‘Mirage’ and the Mirth Makers, sing their
new hit song – dreams of lily that is white from the start.

Today’s prompt was:

Today’s prompt (optional as always), is inspired by our interview with Peter Davis. As he indicates there, his latest book is rooted in endlessly writing ideas for band names. Today, we challenge you to try this out yourself by writing a list poem in which all the items are made-up names. If band names don’t inspire, how about a list of titles for romantic novels? Or new television cop dramas? They can be as over-the-top as you like, because that’s (at least) half the fun. Happy writing!

Instead of following the prompt directly, wrote couple of couplets in a ghazal that incorporates the prompt.

1. Song lyrics:
Aao huzoor tumko sitaron me le chalu
dil jhoom jaaye aisi bahaaron mein le chalun

2. Mohammed Rafi has a song filmed on Shami Kapoor:
Yahoo, Yahoo, chaahe koyi mujhe junglee kahe, kehne do jee kehta rahe
Hum pyaar ke toofaanon mein gire hai, hum kya kare
. I can totally picture Rafi as a metalhead.